Qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) in spatial planning research and related disciplines: A systematic literature review of applications

Verweij, S. & Trell, E-M., Aug-2019, In : Journal of Planning Literature. 34, 3, p. 300-317 18 p.

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Qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) is a potentially interesting method for spatial planning researchers. Although increasingly used, its application in spatial planning research is lagging behind other disciplines. We conducted a systematic literature review of QCA applications in spatial planning and related disciplines (SPARD), addressing two questions: when, where, and how is QCA used in SPARD and what are the main advantages of QCA for spatial planning research? We found that the main reasons why QCA is used in SPARD are its sensitivity to context, its ability to use small-/medium-n cases, and its attention to causal complexity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)300-317
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Planning Literature
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug-2019


  • literature review, spatial planning, geography, environmental sciences, qualitative comparative analysis (QCA), DECISION-MAKING, POLICY COORDINATION, WATER GOVERNANCE, SET, URBAN, TOURISM, MANAGEMENT, PATHWAYS, PROJECTS, MODELS

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